Two Walvis Bay men accused of cocaine smuggling denied bail

Two Walvis Bay men accused of cocaine smuggling denied bail

Two men who were arrested for allegedly smuggling cocaine worth N$206 million through the port of Walvis Bay were denied bail on Monday.
Namibian national Grant Noble and South African Dinath Azhar made their first appearance in the Walvis Bay Magistrate’s Court on Monday and their case was postponed to 20 September 2018.
The two men are suspected to be part of an international drug syndicate responsible for smuggling drugs worth millions of dollars on a vessel from Brazil through the Walvis Bay port.
State prosecutor Theresa Hafeni opposed bail because the offence is trans-border and to allow further investigations.
The Customs and Excise Department and other stakeholders made Namibia's biggest drug bust at Walvis Bay Friday afternoon.
The cocaine was concealed in boxes of copy papers in a container.
Coincidentally, American-based Cable News Network (CNN) reported on the same day that the United States Coast Guard seized cocaine worth US$206 million.
The crew reportedly intercepted suspected smuggling vessels six times off the coast of Mexico, Central and South America.
Twenty four suspected smugglers were detained. It is however not clear if there is a link between the cocaine bust at Walvis Bay and the South American case.
Investigations are expected to reveal more details.